Sakamoto: 49ers’ Tried To Stop Anti-York Airplane Banner From Flying Over Levi’s Stadium

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Well the hate was real for San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, as the Anti-York Banner made it’s rounds over Levi’s Stadium before the Arizona Cardinals game last week. A campaign that started on November 6, by lifelong Forever Faithfuls, Graham Grealish, Conor McGuire, and Mark Scannell via Go Fund Me — they raised enough money to fly the banner that read, ‘Jed And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways,’ more than just a few times around the stadium.

Watch the video below as I have live audio footage of what went down as the banner was flying around Levi’s stadium…

The three Forever Faithfuls have been working with banner company Aerial Services based out of Livermore Municipal Airport.

However, it appears that the 49ers (Levi’s Security) were not happy with the banner fly-over as they seemed to have contacted CHP (California Highway Patrol) to try and have the fly over stopped immediately for not having a valid permit.

CHP then contacted the San Jose International Air Traffic Control Tower, saying: “Levi’s security is requesting that one of the two banners appears to be not permitted, not advertising something that they want them to be advertising.”

The pilot flying the banner via Aerial Services immediately responded to CHP on the same frequency saying it was a ‘free speech issue.’

The San Jose International Air Traffic Control Tower then advised CHP to have Levi’s contact them directly saying: “CHP, best thing I could tell you is to have Levi’s contact us here directly.”

And that was the end of the conversation.

In speaking with the 49ers it is both an NFL standard procedure and precautionary measure when an unidentified aircraft is around the stadium’s air space, which is why CHP made the call. In addition the NFL Policy clearly echoes and backs up that statement:

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Now, the trio of Forever Faithfuls are planning yet another Go Fund Me campaign for the Cincinnati Bengals game on Dec. 20, in which a portion of the proceeds will go toward the San Jose Habitat for Humanity.

The banner was hard to read the first time as it seemed to look transparent, but the trio believes they have raised enough money to have a red banner with white letters this time around.

Did the banner get under Jed’s skin? Your guess is as good as mine, but it was standard procedure for the phone call to be made to ensure everyone’s safety.


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